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USS Constitution, Boston

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The USS Constitution Museum preserves and shares the stories of "Old Ironsides" and those who shaped her history with minds-on, hands-on exhibits and programs for all ages.

The USS Constitution Museum and the USS Constitution (the Ship) are operated by different organizations. See the Ship's website (http://www.navy.mil/local/constitution/) for the most up-to-date information about the Ship's public visitation hours.
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  • I have been on the Constitution several times over the years and it never gets old. This is a MUST if you are in Boston for only a little while. It has been excellently preserved for 225+years. My 14 ...  more »
  • Navy-led free tour is informative and fun--we got to explore three decks of the ship. Check for open times--it is closed on Monday AND Tuesday. The nearby museum is very well done and worth a visit to...  more »
  • Worlds oldest commissioned warship afloat. An impressive site when you consider the era in which it was built. During its active time at sea it carried between 450-500 sailors. It was the first warshi...  more »
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  • This is another must do if you’re going to do the Freedom Trail. What’s not to like? There’s a nice little museum before going out to the ship. There are real Navy personnel who can give you insights and history about the ship. Finally, the ship itself is something to behold. It has been restored extremely well
  • Our less costly and most interesting place we visited on our last trip in Boston. Free access to the ship and a little museum, comprehensive guide on the tour and very interesting stories about this piece of history. Make sure to have all people IDs, cause it's on a Navy base so you'll be asked to pass under metal detector/x-ray scan. The ship visit can be difficult for very young children, access on and off the ship and to the lower decks are quite steep and can be hard to climb for very young sailors ;)
  • Very informative! Learned so much about the history and significance of the famed warship and why it's such a national treasure. It's great that it has survived all these years and preserved for future generations. The museum also lets visitors experience what it was like for personnel of various ranks to work in the warship in its heyday and discusses their motivations for enlisting. The exhibition is quite comprehensive. I'd say allot two hours to see everything at a comfortable pace. It's pay-as-you-wish all the time, with $5 to $10 as the the suggested donation. We arrived from downtown Boston via the Charlestown Ferry. From the Charlestown ferry station, it's about a 10-minute walk to the museum.
  • Two museums and the ship in one afternoon, the whole experience was great. The museum holdings were phenomenal, there's a great balance of what's geared to children (and 30 and 40 something children) and adults alike.
  • Very cool museum. A lot of hands on exhibits for kids. Does a great job of showing what it was like to serve on the Constitution during that time period
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